This article was first printed in PETRIe 66 (2014).
This word salad poem is a Dadaist piece, written and constructed from words and phrases representing the theme of ‘Rejection’, including but not limited to Harriet Tarlo’s ‘Introduction’ from The Ground Aslant: An Anthology of Radical Landscape Poetry (Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2011) and Walter Benjamin’s Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings, ed. by Peter Demetz (New York: Schocken Books, 2007), as well as my own research and understanding of ‘Rejection’, ‘Rebellion’ and ‘Fashion’.
A force in
to peasant re –
volts of the ‘drab’ movement -
unmade for continuity.
She’s framed in diversification:
[un] dressing the balance
0f a 90’s Neon resistance
in favour of White
in all its many guises.
For, she is stronger in Stripes.
She seeks to establish
fashion governance in Pastels -
an exhilarating challenge.
Once shaped to expose the space between her peep-toe,
The Defender of Her Art.
incremental but significant –
(a radical difficult to represent)
her sonic chiming of the Maxi Skirt
and High-Wedged Sandal.
This is Your Testament.
To the refusal of obedience, and order.
It doesn’t dictate or circumscribe, or limit
Mrs Mass ‘anti-Red shirt’,
one is innovative.
Yet it does assume a degree of dynamism when pushing those boundaries
of colour, juxtaposition
because Difference is often located
beyond the garden gate
of a High Street revolution.
A Mistress of the Uprising.
The insurrection of nonviolent conflict
at shops on every corner.
The latest fascination is under
in the form of the
Boyfriend Blazer. This is a restoration
of old, addressing
the political message, and
importance of our relationship
to fabrics housed in one’s enclosure.
The boundary wall lies broken.
And the Leg escapes armed rebellion
because it refuses...
to construct new meanings.
Words: Sophie-Louise Hyde
Image Source: Taryn Simon, An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, 2007. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Contraband Room at John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York.